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Evelyn's first swim!

Evelyn's first swim!

I took Evelyn to the pool for the first time this week.  She loved it.  It is a swimming pool that is for kids lessons and they do a baby play session for 3month + bubs...

Feeding through the night.

Feeding through the night.

AM I...Taking a relaxed approach OR in control and getting my baby to sleep through? Being relaxed and going with the flow OR knuckling down and eliminating these unnecessary night feeds?...

Four months into parenthood

Four months into parenthood

After four months with her newborn, Alex has finally settled into her role as a mother ... as well as her role being a new parent blogger!

It's essential to share the load

It's essential to share the load

As Alberto has discovered, it's essential to share the load of both paid and unpaid work when you have a baby.

The Feed-Play-Sleep routine

The Feed-Play-Sleep routine

Jane Fisher elaborates on a topic she's asked frequently about when working at residential early parenting services - baby routines.

The importance of play 'time' with your baby

The importance of play 'time' with your baby

When it comes to play time with your baby, our MCHN expert Sue suggests the best toy on the market is you.

The 'tie' between breastfeeding and my shredded nipples

The 'tie' between breastfeeding and my shredded nipples

Danielle knew breastfeeding was harder for some than others, however as she discovered, sometimes there's more to painful breastfeeding than simply your technique - your baby may have a tongue or lip tie.

Trying to avoid the (almost always) unavoidable

Trying to avoid the (almost always) unavoidable

Despite the warnings signs and the advice to avoid, the train wreck still occurs! I saw it coming. It was frustration that bothered me the most as I drove Oliver to the hospital to get his head stitched.
Why don't they just listen? 

What being a first time mum has taught me

What being a first time mum has taught me

As her daughter Lily turns one, Melissa reflects on the first 12 months of parenthood and what having a child has taught her.

Zac, me, childcare and sickness!

Zac, me, childcare and sickness!

After having Zac in childcare for 4 months now, I am beginning to wonder if it's all worth it! The amount of sickness we have had in this four months feels like what some people would have in a life time...